BY BABAGANA K.M, JANUARY 27, 2022 | 05:29 PM
The Project Farmtitude of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) has inducted 30 young Farmers from Ikorodu into its Farming Business Boot camp in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the induction which was held at the American Corner on Wednesday in Lagos brought together young Farmers from Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos State.
Speaking at the induction ceremony, Mr Dennis Akin, Project Lead, CYFI, said that the project was an initiative of the 2021 fellows of the U.S. Consulate General, Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI), Lagos.
Akin said that the project was also aimed at empowering youths in the Ikorodu Local Government Area with the knowledge, skills and resources required to start small scale crop production businesses while maximising the value chain.
He said that the project provides selected youth with the knowledge, skills, tools, and network to start and build sustainable and scalable crop-based agricultural enterprises.
According to him, the participants will work in groups, have access to demonstration farms, provided with start up kits and be exposed to a range of partners within the agriculture value chain.
“At the end of this project, participants would be supported to develop business plans and register their businesses.
”They will also be equipped with basic business and farm kits, connected to market, and seed fund would be provided to outstanding youth,” Dennis said.
Briana Olson, Political/ Economic Officer, U.S Consulate, and CYFI Mentor, said that the project aims to bring together Nigerian youths with exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that would have a positive impact on Nigerian society.
Olson disclosed that the CYFI economic team in 2022 has designed a project that is helping communities build sustainable and scalable crop based agricultural enterprises.
“We hope that the programme project Farmtitude can help you all to provide the knowledge skills, tools and network to build agricultural enterprises and to scale these enterprises up.
“We hope that participants will also learn how to increase value chain in the agricultural sector and make enterprises more profitable and enable you all to better respond to market demands.
” The U.S. mission in Nigeria seeks to support agricultural initiatives like this one that provide opportunities for economic growth and improve food security in the country.
“We see the potential that project Farmtitude has to help communities in taking a first step to achieve these goals,” Olson said.
She expressed delight in the participants’ comportment and wished them well in the task ahead.
NAN report that the training drew experts from the corporate world to build the capacity of the farmers to be better equipped Agripreneurs.
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